If I stick a 12x CD-R in my 52x drive, it can write up to 12x. If I stick a 48x CD-R in my drive, it can write up to 48x. But my new 52x CD-Rs won't let me write any higher than 16x!
If I stick a 48x CD-R back in to check, lo and behold, I can write up to 48x speed again.
So why would 52x CD-Rs only let me write at 16x??? It seems to happen no matter what software I use. I was just hoping to use my 52x drive to the max. It's an ASUS CRW-5224A.
Memorex (the makers of the CD-Rs) say that the 52 speed discs are new and will not be supported by my hardware. They suggest a firmware upgrade, but I have got the latest firmware (end of last month, if I remember rightly).
Could there be another problem that I have overlooked, or will I have to wait for new firmware?
Earlier this year I had my CD-R drive replaced under warranty. The engineer who called told me that he never uses a speed higher than 16x - the higher you go the more chance of write errors was his comment. Not sure is this absolutely true though.
I had an Asus 5224A had probs with it on installation, subsequently replaced under warranty by Benq 48.
This works perfectly, but like hoverman says if you want to ensure a good recording don't burn above 16X. I have recently transferred my old LP and cassette collection to CDR and now have some 80 CDs, and only produced a couple of failures.
I am becoming increasingly mystified by some of the responses on the forum of late.
We have here woodchip wanting to go to the toilet. This morning there was a mention of bendrofluzaide in a thread (which makes you want to go to the toilet) and there have been several others that make no sense to me at all.
The point I am trying to make is this if you check CDRW reviews you will see that a 48 or 52 speed CDRW will not write all that much faster than a 25 to 32 speed so what's the hurry with the extra 4 speed, Duplicating XP Office or what. Why are so many in so much of an hurry. It's becoming like on the Road, Get out of my way I'm in a hurry